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Chris Finnen and AP d'Antonio Folk Blues Reunion at The Grace Emily

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In response to their popular gig at The Left Hand Club in Whyalla, Chris Finnen and AP d'Antonio are teaming together again at The Grace Emily Hotel on 23rd July to perform their tribute to traditional folk and blues musicians who have been an inspiration to them.

I talked with Chris and Antonio about their gig.

"Our performance together at The Left Hand Club went over really well. We both share a similar music background, only Chris has been playing a lot longer," said Antonio.

"Traditional Blues is an area we both specialise in," said Chris. "I first heard Antonio play at the Fleurieu Folk Festival, and I said we must do a gig together. He plays traditional blues and folk songs with great respect and has great phrasing and spaces. He obviously pays homage to where the music came from, giving it his personal touch as well. I really admire that."

Chris Finnen and AP D'Antonio Folk Blues Reunion at The Grace Emily
Chris Finnen performing at Fleurieu Folk Festival. Photo: Haydn Radford

"We don't just play for historical reasons, because there would be little point in that. We play to keep the music alive and passing onto others. That's something I have always done, and when I hear someone younger than me, like Antonio, flying the same flag, the purpose of playing is to encourage that. When I was asked to join him, I jumped at the chance. For anyone who likes this kind of music and come along to this show is going to get it from two different generations."



Courtesy of Dave Gartland


Son House - Death Letter performed live 1986.

Chris said,"I have done the same type of program with Cal Williams Jr and Kory Horwood. We have also done an album together, which will be released in October, for The Fleurieu Folk Festival."

"The album Jay Hoad and I have recorded together is being mixed and mastered. It will be released next year along with the album I recorded with Gwyn Ashton, which will be released by a French company in Australia.

In August, Chris will be performing a set with Jeff Lang on the 'Blues for Lost Souls' concert in Melbourne, to raise money for homeless people."

Chris Finnen and AP D'Antonio Folk Blues Reunion at The Grace Emily
AP D'Antonio at Fleurieu Folk Festival. Photo courtesy of Charles Sharrads.


Antonio said, "On the night I will be doing songs of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger and the country blues of American country singer Jimmie Rodgers."

"I found Bob Dylan in my late teens. I went back from Bob to discover the singers who influenced him. I found out about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and folk music in general, and passing on music to different people who wouldn't hear that kind of music. I also like to rearrange folk songs to suit what is going on today and that's what I'm all about, anyway, so definitely, for me it will be country and traditional folk blues that I play."


Sally Don't You grieve - AP D'Antonio

"There are a couple of Woody Guthrie songs I do. I have been listening to his children's songs lately, which I find witty and they go down well with my audiences as a brief break between the more serious numbers."

"Our performance together at The Left Hand Club went over really well with the audience. We both share a similar music background, only Chris has been playing a lot longer," said Antonio. "The Grace Emily is a great place to play folk blues music with its bohemian atmosphere."


Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger, & Malvina Reynolds - Woody's Rag

"Traditional Blues is an area we both specialise in," said Chris. "I first heard Antonio play at the Fleurieu Folk Festival, and I said we must do a gig together. "He plays traditional blues and folk songs with great respect and has great phrasing and spaces. He obviously pays homage to where the music came from, giving it his personal touch as well. I really admire that."

"We don't just play for historical reasons, because there would be little point in that. We play to keep the music alive and passing onto others. That's something I have always done, and when I hear someone younger than me, like Antonio, flying the same flag, the purpose of playing is to encourage that. When I was asked to join him, I jumped at the chance. For anyone who likes this kind of music and come along to this show is going to get it from two different generations."


My Girl Josephine - Ry Cooder.

Chris said, "We will be playing some traditional music in a small area where it works best. I will be playing music by a variety of blues artists, such as, Bukka White (BB King's second cousin), Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Bessie Smith, "Lil' Son" Jackson, Son House (who influenced my slide playing), Blind Willie Johnson, Brownie McGee and Big Bill Broonzy."

Chris mentioned there were other players who influenced him as well, such as, a guitarist from the Bahamas called Joseph Spence, who mixes blues, folk and calypso music and sacred songs, who was a great influence on Ry Cooder.


Baby, Please Don't Go - Lightnin' Hopkins.

Chris said, "It is not just the black players who have influenced me. The white musicians who have influenced me include the Scottish folk singer Bert Jansch, founding member of Pentangle, Irish blues guitarist Roy Gallagher and American Tom Rush."

Antonio said, "On the night I will be doing songs of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger and the country blues of American country singer Jimmie Rodgers."

"I found Bob Dylan in my late teens. I went back from Bob to discover the singers who influenced him. I found out about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and folk music in general, and passing on music to different people who wouldn't hear that kind of music. I also like to rearrange folk songs to suit what is going on today and that's what I'm all about, anyway, so definitely, for me it will be country and traditional folk blues that I play."


Ramblin' Jack Elliot "1913 Massacre" Live , Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration

"There a couple of Guthrie songs I do. I have been listening to his children's songs lately, which I find witty and they go down well with my audiences as a brief break between the more serious songs."

Something they both like about 'The Grace Emily' is its a great place to play with its bohemian atmosphere and cosy new couches and new sound system." So why don't you join Chris and Antonio on Thursday, 23 July. Fun begins at 8.30 pm.

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Why? A night of traditional & contemporary folk blues by Chris Finnen & AP D' Antonio.
When: 8.30pm. Thursday, 23rd July 2015
Where: The Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
Cost: FREE ADMISSION - ALL WELCOME.
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Good article about 2 great performers!
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